I’m not the walrus. I’m Rax, and I hack things. I’m not a criminal (which is the name for people who commit crimes with or on computer). I like to zig when others zag.
For instance, when you’re driving in city traffic, ever notice how you come up to a stop light and there are 10 cars in the left-hand lane, but only two cars in the right-hand lane? Well, now there’s three cars, because I get in the right-hand lane.
That doesn’t make me a hacker, or does it? Do I look for other ways to do things? Do I look at things in other ways? Yes and yes.
So I like learning new things: my mind constantly needs to stretch and grow. I was the kid in elementary school who never won the “dictionary drill” game because as the other kids were scrambling to be the first to find the word the teacher revealed and recite its definition, I was the kid who said “there’s a new word I haven’t heard before” and I’d read the definition and stretch my brain, rather than mindlessly regurgitate the meaning of the targeted word.
A hacker, to me, is someone who does what they do because they love it. You know, whether or not it makes them money they’re doing it because they love it. They’re really into it. What ever they’re enthusiastic about they learn as much as they can and then they improve upon it and they share it with the world. That’s what a hacker is to me… Quite often it has something to do with computers or tech, but not necessarily. It could be with food. It could be with photography, with video, with music…
– Mitch Altman speaking on The Media Show
So in these pages I’ll be talking about some of the things that have tweaked my interest. Technology? Absolutely — it’s my primary focus. Science fact and/or fiction? (the line really is so blurry these days) You bet. But mainly it how these things (and others) collide with culture, and how they through those “Higgs Boson-esque ” elusive little particles that we refer to as life.
Oh, and kudos to the first one to figure out the double entendre in the opening of this article. I’m rather fond of entendres in all their multitudinous forms.